Understanding the Small and Medium Multifamily Housing Stock

​Researchers at Enterprise Community Foundation and the University of Southern California found that small and medium multifamily housing provides 54 percent of the U.S.’s rental housing stock and is home to a majority of low-income households. Located in all types of communities, these properties include more than one in three homes in central cities and more than in one in five suburban homes. This report concludes that policymakers should support the development of financial tools to preserve this type of... Read more

Denver and Philly Ask Residents: How Do Our Streets Work for You?

N​obody knows the ins and outs of a neighborhood better than the people who live there. Vision Zero planning in Denver and Philadelphia is taking that into account. They’re two of the latest U.S. cities to embrace Vision Zero, by aiming to prevent (or, bring to zero) traffic-related fatalities. Now, as the cities work to sift through the data necessary to shape their targeted infrastructure, enforcement and outreach plans, they’ve both turned to crowdsourcing to capture community concerns about dangerous... Read more

Housing Market Revival is Key to Detroit’s Economic Recovery

A healthy housing market builds current residents’ wealth, attracts new residents, stabilizes neighborhoods, and generates revenue for local government. Although Detroit’s housing market has been plagued by weak demand, an oversupply of aging and dilapidated housing stock, and a lack of sufficient income and access to capital for potential homebuyers, emerging trends and innovative practices are moving the city toward greater economic recovery. Read more... Read more

Creating Diverse Housing Opportunities in Lansing

Smart growth is about recognizing and understanding the various facets of a vibrant community and how to achieve and maintain a balance among them. The Greater Lansing Association of Realtors along with other community leaders are working to assure ample homeownership opportunities in communities with efficient transportation, good schools, and open space exist in mid-Michigan. Read more... Read more

Thanks to Good Planning, Arlington is Building Over 200 New Affordable Housing Units

Arlington has set ambitious goals to tackle housing affordability, in part by making it easier for developers to build affordable housing in the first place. According to a recent report, Arlington made plans for new affordable units and brought its number of homeless residents down last year even as rents and housing costs went up. Read more... Read more

Baltimore Hopes to Create Model for Safe DIY Artist Spaces

Baltimore’s Bell Foundry, a two-story theater, art venue and live-work space, was shuttered the week after the fire in Oakland claimed the lives of 36 people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh soon after created a task force to create a network of safe and affordable spaces for Baltimore’s artists. The task force has moved forward quickly, creating three working groups to identify artists’ space needs, study code and regulatory issues, and come up with creative financing options for new development. Read... Read more
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